The three confidence tricksters - two blokes and a bird - had a style that earned them millions.
Silas was the leader, slick and self-assured but dissatisfied. Bob was the junior partner, longing for the open road where pickings were rich and the living was easy. And Liz, Silas mistress, was in between. Theirs was a built-in love triangle with its own rewards and its own dangers.
In New York these con-artists do a business deal worth millions. But back in London Silas plan to bilk an emergent African nation misfires. Then Bob takes over the running of the operation and Liz. A Beirut bank is their target and each member of the trio gets what he or she deserves each with a twist of lemon.
This new reissue includes a foreword from the cover designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a brand new introduction by Len Deighton, which offers a fascinating insight into the writing of the story."e;